Finals 2019 Program


Tuesday, April 09, 2019 at Cobo Center, Detroit, MI

SAE International and MI Innovation Alliance invite you to join us for the 11th Annual Global Automotive & Mobility Innovation Challenge (GAMIC) Finals at SAE-WCX’19 in Detroit, Michigan.

GAMIC provides early‐stage start‐ups with an opportunity for competition‐prep coaching; and for the four (4) Award Winners, over $300,000 in total in-kind acceleration services (including targeted exposure to decision‐makers) and cash awards.

The finals also provides an opportunity to meet, mingle and learn about trends, technologies and investment perspectives for high-value auto / mobility innovations. OEMs, suppliers, investors, thought-leaders and entrepreneurs will participate in, network and talk about future needs and opportunities for the ever evolving automotive and mobility industries.

The Program — includes Innovator Presentations on new / emerging technologies with Judges Q&A, Panel Discussions & Multiple Networking Opportunities.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Ken Washington, Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering & CTO at Ford Motor Company

Dr. Ken Washington is Vice President of Research and Advanced Engineering and Chief Technology Officer, Ford Motor Company, effective June 1, 2017.  In this role, Washington leads Ford’s worldwide research organization, overseeing the development and implementation of the company’s technology strategy and plans, and playing a key role in the company’s expansion into emerging mobility opportunities. He reports to Jim Hackett, Ford President and CE0.

Prior to joining Ford, he was Vice President of the Advanced Technology Center at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. In this role, Washington was responsible for leading a team of scientists and engineers in performing research and development in space science and related R&D. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in February 2007, Washington served as Chief Information Officer for Sandia National Laboratories, where he also previously served in a variety of technical, management, and program leadership positions.

He has a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a fellow of the MIT Seminar XXI program on International Relations.


12:00     Introduction

12:10     Keynote Speaker: Ken Washington, Ford Motor Company

13:00     Finalist Presentations – 6 teams

14:42     Short Break

14:50     Finalist Presentations – 6 teams

16:30     Panel Discussion

17:00     Announcement of Winners